Aquaculture Hatchery Manager
Hatchery Managers over see all aspects of an aquaculture hatchery including the management of personnel, fish, infrastructure and equipment.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Track fish life cycles to determine the proper time for harvesting or release
- Look for disease and treat as needed
- Find ways to trap and breed in an environmentally friendly and economical way
- Oversee water quality assurance/quality control program
- Maintain current knowledge of industry trends and information regarding hatchery equipment and operations
- Develop and track hatchery budget
- Manage fish care, maintenance, packing and transfer activities
- Hires and trains hatchery staff and supervises employees
- Maintains records and prepares reports on hatchery operation, ensures inventories, equipment, and capital improvements are properly maintained, coordinates hatchery operation with other department functions, provides input on new hatchery designs
- Ensures worker safety requirements are met
- Works with nutritionists to develops feeding rations and schedules needed for specified growth rates for a variety of aquatic species
- Meets with federal and state officials to establish priorities for fish production and coordinate research projects; makes presentations to interested groups and technical committees;
- Conducts hatchery tours, explains operations and answers questions on fish production
What education and training is required?
Hatchery managers typically have a bachelor’s degree in fisheries science, aquaculture, hatchery management or hatchery maintenance.
To pursue a career as a hatchery manager:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, animal science, mathematics, English, biology, chemistry, wildlife biology and environmental sciences.
Where can I work?
Aquaculture hatchery managers are employed by large commercial fisheries who produce and harvest fish. They may also be employed by state and government environmental agencies.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for a hatchery manager will be good over the next five years.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations
- American Fisheries Society
- National Aquaculture Association